2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Another dog story.. yes, indeed! As you may or may not know, last month I had 4 dogs at my house, 3 of my own and one I was “sitting”.
Well, constant care for the animals took a toll, mostly because all my time was consumed with home “doggie daycare”! When I was not running up and down stairs to see why one of my dogs was barking, I was upstairs making sure my “guest” pet wasn’t stressing out in her temporary situation
The dog (“Baby”(s)) “mommy”just passed away and she was in transition to her new home. She was a bit nervous and undone because the owner before that also passed and this was going to be yet another change. Being such a tiny thing (under 10 lbs), she needed special attention because her life mostly consisted of her life sitting right beside someone all day.
Anyway, Noel, my 16 year-old Mini Poodle was confined to a romper room I had set up for all three of mine in the basement, or she went outside to the caged in area for the day where all three of them could get fresh air and visit with the squirrels and birds, none of which impressed her whatsoever at her age.
I tried bringing her upstairs with me, but then I would have to put “Baby” elsewhere and my other dogs barked constantly, wondering where Noel went! It was a trying time and I was growing frustrated and exhausting myself, for what? Pets are suppose to be stress relievers, so I thought!
A few weeks ago, I gave one of my dogs up for adoption and thought to myself, “Okay, once “Baby’ leaves, things will get much easier. I can manage two dogs, no problem!
With that very thought in mind, I went downstairs and found my Rottie (“Bark”) with her head stuck through the bars of the kennel. I was not sure how I was going to resolve the situation without wire cutters!
I looked everywhere and could not find anything to help. Eventually, with MUCH prayer and tears of frustration, the dog and I worked her head out of the predicament. “She has to go, too”, I told myself. Whenever I left the house, I would be concerned that she would do the same thing and stay like that all day,howling and whimpering until I returned.
At last, it is just Noel and I in a serene (mostly clean) house. I love animals, but I put myself in a position I thought I wanted. I hated the thought of giving up my pets! The little Dachshund I had for a few years, constantly sought attention and the Rott mix I had worked with for hours and taught some great tricks because she was clearly very intelligent. Both dogs deserved someone who was willing to give them time and energy I would have, if I didn’t do anything else!
Things are much more tranquil today. I can do housework without having to see why the dogs are barking and disturbing the peaceful neighborhood; also sit on the hairless couch, composing devotionals without fussing at a dog for prowling around the den, sloshing water or shedding where I just swept.
So, for those things in life causing you undue stress and aggravation, I suggest considering that you let them go ( I am not advocating banishing your husband to the “man cave”, re-homing your children or quitting your job)!
You don’t HAVE to go everywhere or do everything you’re asked. Before agreeing to anything, PRAY about it first! Seek God’s wisdom, discuss your options with godly counsel and consider the time and effort involved. Will you still sometimes find yourself in exhausting situations, wondering why and how you got there, more than likely.. although hopefully far less often! Some of our worst aggravations are self-imposed and preventable! Converse (with God), consider THEN commit!
The house is not going to fall apart at the seams if you start a load of laundry or the dishwasher and sit for just a bit. If you’re at work, sometimes the only place of refuge is the bathroom or possibly your car. If you need to get away, even for a few minutes, DO IT! The consequences of your co-workers thinking or gossiping about a possible medical condition you might have due to frequent or prolonged restroom visits, far outweighs an incident involving consequences for ill mannered behavior or unwise remarks.
Annoyances and stress can lead us to do and say things we shouldn’t. If you find yourself day in and day out, facing the same situations, seek God’s guidance as to what He wants you to learn from it. Running from He wants to teach is not the solution. That didn’t work so well for Jonah! We don’t have to be out at sea to find ourselves in the belly of a whale! Our greatest distresses seem to come from consequences of our own disobedience, and pursuit of what we thought we wanted or assumed was best for us. So many of these devotionals seem to return to obedience, prayer and fellowship with the Lord, coincidence, I think not!
P R A Y, B R E A T H E, RE-GROUP and COLLECT yourself. We get so worn out and worn down by the constant battle between the “old” man and the “new”. Paul tells us about his own struggles in Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. When you think you can’t do it anymore,
Thank You for this glorious day
We WILL rejoice
Be GLAD in it!
Merciful Lord and Savior
We come before You
Asking for areas in our lives
Causing us stress and strain
To be revealed
And willingness and courage to purge
What we can that is unhealthy and unnecessary
Also we ask, God, how to handle people, things or situations we
Face on a daily basis that get under our skin
Father, we do not want to dishonor or disgrace Your Name
With our words or behavior
We want to glorify You
Through the blood of Christ
We have been adopted as children of the Most High
With honor and gratitude, we bear Your Name
Please let us understand the responsibility that bears
As we represent our Lord in a world who rejected her King
Please direct our actions and attitudes
Let our lives be a testimony to our trust in You
Lamentations 3:21-23 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.
You, O God, are so merciful to us
Let us echo our Father
And show grace and mercy to others
Even and especially to those who present challenges to us personally
For it as You tell us in Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Please give us perseverance as You shape us
“Growing pains” are painful, Daddy
We seek wisdom to recognize and avoid situations the enemy sets as a trap for us
Carry us through times we must walk through trials
Please cover us with Your mighty protection
We need Your strength to handle the unavoidable
Through the trials, let us bless You
And give You glory in triumph!
In the Name of Jesus
The Prince of Peace
“Revive Us Again”
“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
“Hark The Herald Angels Sing”
“You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)”
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
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